SPARKLE: 78 Points
This American Lager is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Our homage to the original “Petoskey Sparkle” brewed by Petoskey Brewing from 1898 until 1915. Wheat and four special malts combine with three different types of hops to create a super clean, easy drinking lager.”
My Description: If a simple lager is in order then this beer will be a good choice. It begins with a weak, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is as expected; notes of pale malts and grains with not too much else. Sparkle is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is clean with notes of pale malts and grains accompanied by a hint of spiced hops. The aftertaste is refreshing with a touch of bitterness to bring balance. There really isn’t much wrong with this beer but it is just boring. I’m not saying that there needs to be more flavor notes, just that the notes that are present need to stand out more and give me a reason to not just think of this beer as a chugger. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, burgers, or a meat pizza.
ABV: 4.1% Color: Yellow/Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10